This week 60 Minutes goes a bit retro with a story from the archives.
Great White Hope
The mantra of marine experts is that the risk of being taken by a shark while swimming, surfing or diving is so miniscule it’s not even worth thinking about. But it seems in the last few years the rate of shark attacks has been increasing dramatically. Every new incident, every tragic death or horrific injury invariably leads to heated debate about the need to cull sharks so humans can be safe in the water. On 60 Minutes, a breakthrough which could save man and beast – new technology the inventors claim will keep us apart. But as Ross Coulthart reports, there’s only one way to find out if it really works and that involves getting very close to very large sharks. (Original broadcast: July 3, 2016)
Reporter: Ross Coulthart
Producer: Nick Greenaway
In Australia no one likes a killjoy. And it’s true millions of us enjoy a flutter on the pokies without courting disaster. But there are 150,000 Australians so hopelessly addicted to the pokies they account for 60 per cent of all the money poured through the machines. Of course governments are also completely hooked on gambling revenues, which raises questions about whether those with gambling addictions are really getting the help they need. Is it now up to us to step in and say enough is enough?
Reporter: Charles Wooley
Producer: Allan Hogan
60 Minutes Timeless: Graduates of Hell
Thirty-eight years ago Ian Leslie was the reporter of the first story ever broadcast on 60 Minutes. For him it was the start of a 12-year, non-stop adventure around Australia and the world. Japan was one of Ian’s favourite countries, and in 1984 he filed an unforgettable story about the Kanrisha Yosei School, more commonly known as the “Hell Training Academy”. It was a management school which attempted to keep executives up to scratch by breaking down traditional Japanese reserve and politeness. As Ian reported at the time, its aim was to turn out the business world’s most aggressive salesmen and managers. The techniques used to achieve success were nothing short of bizarre, and not surprisingly those who passed the course called themselves the “Graduates of Hell”. Ian recalls he wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cry when doing this story, but today it remains one of his most memorable. So much so that he has returned to the 60 Minutes studio to record a special introduction for the story. (Original broadcast: March 4, 1984)
Reporter: Ian Leslie
Producer: John Penlington
9:45pm Sunday on Nine.